Pauper's Graveside Service
Wrong place, wrong instrument, wrong mood, wrong message... Right comment

As a bagpiper I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at the graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the Kentucky backcountry.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost. I finally arrived an hour late, and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone, and the hearse was nowhere in site - there were only the diggers and the crew left, and they were eating lunch. I felt bad and apologized to the men for being late.

I went to the side of the grave and looked down at the vault - lead was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather round. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family or friends. I played like I’d never played before for this homeless man. And as I played “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to weep. They wept. I wept. We all wept together.

When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say to another, “Never seen nothing like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”



There’s nothing like being at the wrong place, with the wrong instrument, and the wrong mood, and the wrong message, and hearing the right comment at the end of it all.


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Biography lends to death a new terror. - Oscar Wilde

Don't go to the grave with life unused. - Bobby Bowden

There is no death! What seems so is a transition. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The first step to eternal life is you have to die. - Chuck Palahniuk

Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Death is very often referred to as a good career move. - Buddy Holly

If we do not know about life, how can we know about death? - Confucius

What pity is it that we can die but once to serve our country. - Joseph Addison

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. - J K Rowling

Can grave and formal pass for wise,
When Men the solemn Owl despise? - Benjamin Franklin

Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn. - Fulton J. Sheen

A wedding is just like a funeral except that you get to smell your own flowers. - Grace Hansen

Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow. - Benjamin Franklin

It's better to die in pursuit of your dreams than to live a life without hope. - Terry Brooks

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die. - Mel Brooks

On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done easily lying down. - Woody Allen

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of the other of us has to go. - Oscar Wilde

When we have lost everything, including hope, life becomes a disgrace, and death a duty. - WC Fields

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. - Robert Ingersoll

Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death. - Betty Bender

I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been. - Daniel Keyes

I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to lay the game of life. - Jean Giraudoux

I stayed up all night playing poker with tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died. - Steven Wright

I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me. - Humphrey Bogart

I got well by talking. Death could not get a word in edgewise, grew discouraged, and traveled on. - Louise Erdrich

You might be a redneck if your favorite hunting dog has a bigger tombstone than your grandfather. - Jeff Foxworthy

Hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don't. - Stephen King

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. - Oscar Wilde

If men could see the epitaphs their friends write they would believe they had got into the wrong grave. - American Proverb

He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less. - C S Lewis

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. - Harold Wilson

Her capacity for family affection is extraordinary: when her third husband died, her hair turned quite gold from grief. - Oscar Wilde

The courtrooms of America all too often have Piper Cub advocates trying to handle the controls of Boeing 747 litigation. - Warren E. Burger

My mother reads the obituary page every day, but she could never understand how people always die in alphabetical order. - Frank Carson

Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die;
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred. - Alfred Tennyson

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.' - Billy Graham

I saw that show, '50 Things To Do Before You Die.' I would have thought the obvious one was, 'Shout for help'. - Jim Carrey

If you removed all the arteries, veins, and capillaries from a person's body, and tied them end-to-end... the person will die. - Neil deGrasse Tyson

When you die, God and the angels will hold you accountable for all the pleasures you were allowed in this life that you denied yourself. - Unknown

When I came back to Dublin, I was courtmartialled in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. - Brendan Behan


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20-May-2022